Both the Phoenix Suns (13-20) and Los Angeles Lakers (26-7) have won two games straight and are hunting for a third consecutive victory on Wednesday. The last time these two teams met it made for a competitive contest, and this one might be as well.
The Suns have benefited from heaving a healthy Devin Booker back in the fold and getting Deandre Ayton back from a 25-game suspension. Their only health issue to speak of deals with Frank Kaminsky, who is questionable with a knee injury. The Lakers on the other hand have Anthony Davis listed as probable because of a sore shoulder. That covers all the major injuries, so let’s take a look at some lines on DraftKings Sportsbook:
Spread: Suns (+11.5)
Moneyline: Suns (+500), Lakers (-670)
The Lakers are one of the best defensive teams in NBA this year, but Phoenix has the league’s sixth-ranked offense this year and is scoring 114.3 points per game. The Suns managed to put up 115 points on the Lakers without Ayton earlier this season, so I don’t think putting the ball in the basket should be a problem this time around. The O/U has a good chance of hitting. Los Angeles should win this game, but if AD is ruled out it could be worth placing a bet on the Phoenix to come out on top. The Brow’s length and lateral quickness does a ton for the Lakers’ rim protection and switchability when defending the perimeter. His impact on that end shouldn’t be underestimated.
Prediction: Lakers 125, Suns 118
Devin Booker makes over 2.5 3-pointers (+135)
Booker has been cold from long range lately and only made two of his last 24 attempts from beyond the arc. But he also experiencing a bump in shooting volume. Few venues draw out a player’s desire to have a big night like the Staples Center, so look for Booker to dial it up from deep in Los Angeles.
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